Introduction / Short abstract / September 2013

CURIOSITY / COMPLEXITY / EVERYDAY LIFE / WHEN THE ORDINARY BECOMES EXTRAORDINARY / DETAILS / TRACES / MEMORIES / STORIES / COLLECTING / DOCUMENTING / ARCHIVING / CONCEPTUAL / INTUITIVE / RESEARCHING / EXPERIMENTING / INTERDISCIPLINARY / ART / CRAFTS / DESIGN

In my artistic practice, there is often a fascination with everyday objects, interior design, and domestic activities such as baking, sewing, and decorating. I am interested in traces, traditions, and memories, and the stories that emerge in relation to these areas of interest since it is important for me to tell stories through the projects that I create. I tend to work on the interfaces between art, crafts, and design without wanting to define in which of these fields my projects belong. The artist Courtney Smith always prefers her projects to be read “in their own complexity” (*1). I feel the same way, particularly when it comes to the discussion about whether a project is art, crafts, or design.

Coming from a family of collectors might be the reason why I also collect. I often feel that objects talk to me, which is one of the reasons why I am interested in our relationship with objects, including how we often tend to ascribe to them a personal history. Marcel Proust believed that “an object that collected marks over time, whether a scratch or patina, took on the role of a container representing the past, able to hold memories” (*2), which is a way of thinking that I can relate to.

During my master studies at Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, I would like to explore our relationship with objects from a theoretical, historical as well as contemporary point of view. With an increasing interest in collections and archives, I would like to investigate the definitions of these and their relationship. Since I tend to work on the interfaces between art, crafts, and design, I would like to reflect upon my position within the art world from an interdisciplinary point of view in order to understand this tendency as well as make me better at communicating and presenting my projects within the right context. According to the Danish filmmaker Jørgen Leth, the ability to wonder and ask questions is crucial when working with film (*3). This is something that I recognize from my artistic practice where my curiosity can be seen as a strength because it often pushes me in new directions. By questioning, researching, and experimenting, I hope to further clarify and specify the topic of my master project during the autumn term 2013.

(*1) Weinthal, Lois (Ed.): Towards a New Interior – An Anthology of Interior Design, Princeton Architectural Press, 2011, p.213.
(*2) Op. cit. p.191.
(*3) Jørgen Leth in conversation with Søren Birkvad (Associate professor in Film and Television Studies at Lillehammer University College) at Cinemateket, NOVA KINO, Trondheim, 25.09.3013.

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